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A-level pupils still setting sights on undergraduate study

Exams will not take place this summer, but pupils are continuing with their university applications

ALMOST nine out of 10 undergraduate applicants still intend to start university or college this autumn.

A joint Ucas and YouthSight survey found a majority were continuing with their application as planned, despite disruption caused by coronavirus.

Since most schools closed for all but the children of key workers, official online sources are being used by pupils to get the latest information.

Universities' own websites (62 per cent) and the Ucas website (54 per cent) have been the most popular.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents had chosen their firm (first) choice of university, with the majority of those choosing a conditional offer - dependent on achieving specified grades.

About a quarter received all their offers but were still waiting to make their firm choice, where deadlines have been extended to give students more time to make big decisions about their futures.

Ucas chief executive Clare Marchant said: "Our immediate insight during these extraordinary circumstances shows students are keeping their sights on the exciting futures that lie ahead for them at university or college.

"With additional flexibility already introduced into this year's application cycle, everyone should take the time they need to confidently make considered, fully thought through decisions.

"We are dynamically keeping students informed online, through social media platforms and personalised emails, plus our team are on hand for individual help.

"With fewer young people in the UK's population this year, there will be plenty of places available and there is no need to rush, and risk making a rash decision."

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